Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hood 2 Coast!

This is van #2. There's me, Brianna, Ryan, Andrin, Jake and Megan. I got to meet these guys for the first time that morning and they will be forever friends. Such amazing people. Thanks for the good times!
Bri and I on the beach after the race. Boy did it feel good to be done. We had way too much fun. The running training is worth it just to come up here with Brianna. I LOVE YOU GIRL!
We have actually strapped his eating chair to the piano bench. Jax thinks he is going to be the next Beethoven. He LOVES to play on the piano, especially with Uncle Jeremy!
Mandy and I playing at Lyndee's house. She is my earth angel. I don't know what I would do without her.

Madi and Kenna on first day of school

I wanted to sneak in the class and get more pics, but I was embarrassing the girls. OOPS! I have a feeling that is just one of many mommy embarrassing moments on the way! : )


Since I know he's too young for permanent dye, we went with something that would wash out. Besides, I don't know of any coloring company that has this cool shade of purple.
This is seriously worth double clicking on. Jax is an absolute mess. And the splatter all over the tray is from when he sneezed with a chewed up blueberry among other things in his mouth. What a disaster he can make in no time at all. : )
Can't wait until these two are old enough to actually play together. Right now I just have to make sure Jax doesn't maul Aiden. Don't worry Aiden, when you grow up you'll have plenty of chances to get him back!

Random fun pictures

All of us picnicking together before mom and Bill head up north.
Jaxon playing in the dirt while the girls were playing in the stream up at Pine Valley. We went up there just to cool off a little while daddy and Danny went fishing.
Christan, Maren and me after a whole year of not being together. It was so great to spend time together. But I'm really bummed because my technilogically challenged brain accidentally deleted all the ones I had of our kids. I am sick about it : (
My beautiful girls swinging together. There's another one where they were pulling in at the same time and hit heads, but it looks like they are making out. I thought I'd leave that one off the internet...but it's really funny!

Baby Aiden in and Baby Aiden out!

We raced home from Mandy's cabin and went straight to showers and then the hospital to meet the newest addition to the family. Baby Aiden. He is as much James as Jax is Ryan. Way to go daddy's!
I don't know why, but this is one of my favorite pictures ever! Aunt Lyndee and Jax just chillin' together.

Uncle Jeremy's Birthday

You know your kids are growing up if they can carry their own tube around Raging Waters all day. We had so much fun with Uncle Jeremy. I'm still trying to figure out why this is what he chose to do for his birthday, but I guess I'll just be glad cause it was great!
Uncle Jeremy and Kenna going down the side together. Madi was too cool... she wouldn't go with them.

Ry on the scooter

What dedication to the course! He was going to get those clubs to work that day no matter what. So funny!

Aunt Angie and the boys for a visit

Madi, Kenna, Carter and Sammy actually stopped just long enough for us to get a picture. And of course it includes the Zebra butt! Oh well.
When we can't go any further, we hop on the train for one last exciting thing to do before we go home. Gotta love the zoo!
After we take them and run them ragged, they tend to zone out a little at the end of the day. I don't think one of them made it past 9 o'clock the whole time Angie and the boys were here.

Grandma Shelley and the 4th of July

And of course we ended the night with sparklers!!! No we didn't have any illegal fireworks... I don't care what the neighbors say. The Matthews always stay on the right side with the law.
In case any of you were wondering... all my kids got their gorgeous eyes from their mother. HONESTLY!!! At least the girls got my frizzy brown hair so people don't think I've kidnapped them. : )

Jax and daddy cooling off in the pool. Later that night Ryan was wishing he had been wearing protective sunwear like his young, wise son did : )
Here is Josh and Chris working on the homemade slip n' slide. So dang fun!!! You are looking at 60 ft of visqueen with water noodles used for bumpers, nailed in with tent nails. You all wish you had these boys working in your backyards!
Ryan and his super slick moves comin' down the slip n' slide. Looks like he's getting ready more for take off than coming in for a landing.... but it's for sure coming. Just look at the next pic! ; )
His grand finale finish into the water bounce house. Looks fun!
What fun we had making our holiday cupcakes. We actually made the cake part red, white, and blue with the thanks of the internet. The kids loved decorating of course!
What would a visit to Chris and Angie's be without a lot of pool time. We had so much fun! Thank you so much Chris and Angie!
Grandma Shelley got to come home for a visit at the end of June and through the 4th of July. We just grabbed a quick pic of the amazing women who keep this family together. : )